Civilians killed in Jammu by Pakistan forces

On Friday a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan and 2 civilians were killed in a ceasefire violation by Pakistan forces along the international border in Jammu region.

The total death toll to five since hostilities began around two days ago in Jammu and Samba districts. 

While the woman died in Sai Khurda, the man died in Korotona in R.S. Pura-Arnia belt. A civilian was injured in Sai Khurd village while two others were injured in Ramgarh. 

A BSF officer said, “Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy firing and shelling along the IB in several areas in R S Pura, Arnia and Ramgarh sectors since 0640 hours.” 

“They targeted around 40 outposts in three sectors using 82 mm and 52 mortar bombs, automatic and small weapons”, he said. 

“The exchange of fire is going on when the reports last came in”, he said adding they have targeted outposts and villages in over 35 kilometres of International Border. 

A police officer said, “Pakistani troops, have targeted over 40 civilian villages in Arnia, R.S. Pura and Ramgarh sectors along the IB till now”. 

In view of the heavy shelling, over 1,000 border dwellers have migrated from the area and schools along the borderline have been closed. 

Yesterday, a 17-years old girl and a BSF jawan were killed and six persons injured when Pakistan Rangers violated the ceasefire and heavily-shelled border outposts and villages along IB in three sectors of Jammu and Samba districts. 

Expressing concern over the targetting of civilians, Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said that both India and Pakistan will together have to tackle the constant violations of the ceasefire. 

J&K’s deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh stressed that India was not going to be “befooled” by Pakistan’s cowardice.